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Nov 30 2011

Web Wednesday: The Marriage Plot

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Madeleine had been trying to beat Alton [in tennis] her entire life without success. This was even more infuriating because she was better than he was, at this point. But whenever she took a set from Alton he started intimidating her, acting mean, disputing calls, and her game fell apart. Madeleine was worried that there was something paradigmatic in this, that she was destined to go through life being cowed by less capable men. As a result, Madeleine’s tennis matches against Alton had assumed such outsize personal significance for her that she got tight whenever she played him, with predictable results. (10)

In a new critics interpretation of how Eugenides’s word choice develops the theme of mania, Madeleine has always been fighting with the oppressive state of men that are lower than her standards. There is a state of mania in her because she freezes and mentally collapses upon dealing with someone who criticizes her and unfairly judges her for her lack through means of bullying. This causes Madeleine to feel as if she is unfit even though she knows otherwise, and by her reaction to those means of bullying, Madeleine begins to resent herself for it. A person who resents themselves cannot feel the same as a person who is confident in their abilities; they begin to second guess themselves and fall further into an obsessive manic behavior where they must prove to others they are the best. It becomes a cycle that she will have the hardest time trying to overcome, assuming that she can ever overcome this.

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Nov 17 2011

Web Wednesday: Library Edition

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In the story of Daisy Miller, I found that this girl would be normal in this time period, but not when the book was written. In the book, it seems like Daisy was always on an endless quest for something, even though she didn’t notice it. While Winterbourne was always trying to understand her thought process, but couldn’t seem to understand. Which brings about a question if it’s still the same with the stereotype that women are complicated or men just don’t understand the way women think. Did Daisy Miller really fall in love? Was she insistent on doing things her own way because she didn’t know or because that was how she was brought up? What was Winterbourne looking for in Daisy? Did Winterbourne truly love Daisy?

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Nov 09 2011

Web Wednesday: MyThemes – Rumpelstiltskin

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Deceit Outcome Trade Greed
Miller lies to the King Daughter trapped in room Manikin spins for Necklace King not satisfied
Daughter trapped in room Manikin spins for Ring King still unsatisfied
Daughter trapped in room Manikin spins for King’s Baby
Daughter marries King Daughter gives birth
Daughter lies to Manikin Daughter will not give up baby
Manikin will give up for his name
Daughter searches for name Manikin wants baby
Daughter finds name
Manikin gives up

A: Deceit
B: Outcome
C: Trade
D: Greed


In Rumpelstiltskin, the relationship between “growth” and “structure” is apparent through Lévi-Strauss’s reading because organizes the structure of the story in a specific way. Synchronic-diachronic structure of duplicating and triplicating the same sequence multiple times to show how the story progresses. Such as in the MyTheme above, Rumpelstiltskin comes back thrice to offer his services, and accepts something from the miller’s daughter each time, but in the last progression, the price is much higher. Then further into the reading, the story’s growth is apparent because after the triplicating structure, the story duplicates once again. Rumpelstiltskin makes an appearance to claim his belonging, and yet offers another deal. The story begins to grow in a way that Lévi-Strauss states “The function of repetition is to render the structure of the myth apparent.” By repeating what the reader already knows, the story starts to show the intention and function it was meant to give. Most stories in mythology have an apparent moral of the story and Rumpelstiltskin is no different; in this story, it sounds as if it were a good story to tell people, but garners very dark connotations. It tells the reader that it is fine to lie and cheat, because there are no severe consequences that will affect you. Opposed to the one who does all the work, but is left in the dust and torn to pieces through greed and deceit. Rumpelstiltskin is a story upon morality and the disgusting traits of human nature.

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Nov 02 2011

Web Wednesday: Dream-Works

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“A dream-thought is unusable so long as it is expressed in an abstract form; but when once it has been transformed into pictorial language, contrasts and identifications of the kind which the dream-work requires, and which it creates if they are not already present,can be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream. This is so because in every language concrete terms, in consequence of the history of their development, are richer in associations than conceptual ones. We may suppose that a good part of the intermediate work done during the formation of a dream, which seeks to reduce the dispersed dream-thoughts to the most succinct and unified expression possible, proceeds along the line of finding appropriate verbal transformations for the individual thoughts.”

-Sigmund Freud

Two concrete tasks that we should perform when treating literary texts from the point of view of Freud’s Dream-Work Theory are:

1. Take the information that is given to us and analyze it’s work on a deeper level to find the rest of the ‘non-given’ information.

2. Use the information that is found and tie it to how it has an effect on the individual/text.

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